Thursday, April 20, 2006

Big brother really is watching

One of the things I really miss about living in lovely downtown Noho is panels like these. They don't do that stuff around here. Interestingly I know everyone on the panel personally from my work at the law firm. I found Chris Pyle's remarks particularly telling.
Christopher Pyle, a professor of politics at Mount Holyoke College and a former intelligence officer, told the audience that NBC brought him 400 pages of classified documents last year for review prior to a story the network planned to do. The documents described Army surveillance of civilian activities, Pyle said.

"The only ones that were classified as genuine threats were military protesters," Pyle said. "The contents of the reports were garbage. There was no reason for the military to spend money for this kind of operation."

Pyle said that in comparison to the current intelligence network, former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover was "bush league."

"The difference is computers," he said. "The government has spent $1.2 billion intercepting our e-mail."
It really makes you wonder how anyone can believe they're not targeting ordinary Americans with this datamining.
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Blogger Kathy said...

I read a tip this morning on how to mess with government snoops. Put the words "Viagra" or "Cialis" in the subject line of your e-mail (example: Bush Viagra Sucks). The computers thinks it's porn and just skips over them.

Sorry, I can't remember where I read this. I hadn't downed my first cup of coffee yet.

6:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

Actually emailed me that too. I meant to post it. Thanks for the reminder. It came off a list. I don't think there's a URL.

7:22:00 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...

Heh... it's probably a good way to get your e-mail intercepted by the intended recipient's spam filter, though.

I could absolutely be wrong, but that rings like an urban legend to me.

11:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Libby said...

The spam filter was my first thought. The gov't won't intercept it but neither is it likely to make it to its intended recipient.

11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...

The gov't won't intercept it but neither is it likely to make it to its intended recipient.

Also, the second thought I had was, "Would the government really use a filtering software that is so easily thwarted?"

I'm guessing not.

In any event, I haven't seen this e-mail. Can one of you forward it to me?

12:18:00 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Sorry, Exile. I checked my e-mail and I must have deleted it. I always check my mail through my browser first before I download the stuff I want to save into Outlook Express and store it on my computer.

My spam filter through Yahoo puts mail in my bulk folder and then it is up to me to mark it as spam. Once I mark it, it will block it from coming through the next time.

That tip could be an urban legend. I checked out Snopes and couldn't find anything, but didn't search much further. When I become a spammer I'll worry about it!

1:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Libby said...

I just found a URL. I sent it you. Maybe I'll do a post about it.

3:19:00 PM  

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